Staff & Board of Directors
Sara Loflin, Executive Director
Sara Loflin transitioned to the LOGIC Executive Director roll in September, 2015 after serving for 18 months as the State Director for Clean Water Action. She has spent the last 13 years working across Colorado to elevate the voices of Coloradans across the state on initiatives including from voting and civic engagement, health care, the environment, lands protections and oil and gas initiatives. Sara has led multiple political campaign and issue advocacy efforts as a campaign manager, a community organizer, a political director, an outreach director and a state director. Sara has served as a Program Manager at the Western Conservation Foundation, an Outreach Director for the State Senate, and as the Field Director for America Votes.
Sara holds a degree in International Relations and History from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Sara has served on multiple Colorado non-profit boards. She lives in Lafayette with her husband Brian and her dog, Hannah. When Sara is not working, she spends her spare time running, playing tennis, snowboarding, cooking, and enjoying the best of the Colorado outdoors.
Board of Directors
Wendy Highby, Board Member, Greeley
Wendy has lived in Greeley since 2002. Wendy is the social sciences reference librarian at the University of Northern Colorado. She was formerly a corporate paralegal (for the quick lube franchisor, Grease Monkey), and switched career tracks in mid-life. Wendy has worked in several libraries on Colorado’s western slope (Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus near Carbondale/Glenwood Springs; Western State College in Gunnison) before coming to the University of Northern Colorado. Wendy grew up in Safford, Arizona, and developed a strong connection to nature there, partly because my parents often took the family hiking up Mount Graham (called “Big Seated Mountain” by the indigenous Apaches). There are cotton farms along the Gila River valley in Safford, and it is my conjecture that my exposure to the pesticides aerially sprayed in the area are a contributing factor to my early onset Parkinson’s disease. She started the group Weld Air and Water in my living room in January 2013 when both our City Council and County Commissioners balked at following COGCC’s minimal setback requirements. She also started the Hydro-fracturing Task Force on my campus to question the UNC Board of Trustees’ decision to lease the mineral rights under our campus, to raise awareness, and try to get the proposed sites moved away from the most densely populated areas of Greeley (dormitories, rental housing, and a school playground). Wendy writes poems and song parodies, and many are on the subject of fracking.
Jim Ramey, Board Member, Denver
Jim serves as Outreach Coordinator for The Wilderness Society’s Energy and Climate Campaign. In this role, he works to build political support in western states for energy policy reform. Prior to joining TWS, Jim was Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, a grassroots group in Western Colorado that works on oil and gas issues on public lands. Jim received his Master’s in Public Administration from The Ohio State University and his BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. In his spare time, Jim enjoys photography, home-brewing, hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding with his wife Lindsey and their dog Crackers.
Leslie Robinson, Board Member, Rifle
After graduating from Colorado State University, moved to the Glenwood Springs/Rifle area and began a career in journalism that spanned over 25 years. She was a key management leader in the start-up of five different publications. Robinson led United Way of Garfield County and was involved with other human services non-profit agencies and causes throughout. As a board member or chair, she helped guide several economic development, social, and political organizations, including second-vice chair of the state Democratic Party. In 1996, Leslie ran for Garfield County Commissioner. Leslie has been actively working on oil-and-gas policies and in politics since the Oil Shale Boom and Bust in the early 1980s. She has been involved with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rule making processes for almost a decade. Leslie currently serves as chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and is excited to serve on the LOGIC board of directors, noting that “individually, our citizen groups serve our communities well, but a statewide organization is needed to bind our voices together so we can be heard above the din of the industry’s paid lobbyists and PR campaigns.”
Pete Kolbenschlag, Mountain West Strategies
Pete Kolbenschlag lives in Paonia in Delta County and is a long-time public lands, conservation and climate activist. In 2007 Pete founded Mountain West Strategies, a strategic and campaign consulting company. In that capacity he has helped lead public lands, climate and other campaigns including community-based efforts around oil and gas development. Prior to founding his current company Pete served for nine years as the Western Slope Field Director with Colorado Environmental Coalition (now Conservation Colorado). With CEC Pete helped develop and run several high profile conservation campaigns in western Colorado, including the Save Roan Plateau campaign and other public lands initiatives. More recently Pete is founder of the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance, a Colorado nonprofit organization uniting farm and food stakeholders for conservation advocacy and climate action.
Pete studied English and Communications at Western Kentucky University, receiving a BA in 1988 and moving west that month to work at a ski mountain among other pursuits. From 1995 until he served as the start-up director for the Utah Progress Network, until 1997. He moved to western Colorado that year to lead the Western Slope Office for the Colorado Environmental Coalition. In addition to serving on the boards of directors for Colorado LOGIC and the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance, Pete also serves on the board of the Friends of the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, a community-based nonprofit that owns and operates the town’s historic theater and helps bring knowledge, entertainment, and community to residents and visitors of the North Fork Valley.
Pat Waak, Board Member
Pat Waak has lived in unincorporated Weld County less than a mile from Erie, Colorado for 22 years. From 1985-2003 she was the director of the population and habitat program for the National Audubon Society where she and a cadre of staff and volunteers focused on human impacts on wildlife and habitat in the U.S. and around the world. Pat has worked with grassroots activists in various countries to implement social change. From 2005-2011 she served as the Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. Pat is a registered nurse, holds a BS in psychology from Saint Joseph College; a MA in psychology from Regis University. She also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Creation Spirituality. Her interests are in ecopsychology and ecotheology and supporting activism that protects the earth.
Her interest in natural resource extraction became more intense with the explosive growth of drilling in the community around her. Although she and her husband, wildlife biologist Ken Strom, were successful in preventing drilling on their property, her granddaughters are being raised in sight of an oil and gas tank at a new housing development in Erie.